GAO: Scant information exists about NEPA analyses' costs, benefits

04/28/2014
Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said. Federal agencies do not routinely track the costs, and there is no government-wide mechanism to do so, GAO investigators said they learned from officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and other agencies. "Information on the benefits of completing NEPA analyses is largely qualitative," the Apr. 15 report continued. "According to studies and agency officials, some of the qualitative benefits of NEPA include its role in encouraging public participation and i...
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